from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The trailing arbutus, Epigæa repens.


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  • The two which, throughout the Northern Atlantic States, divide this interest are the _Epigaea repens_ (May-flower, ground-laurel, or trailing-arbutus) and the _Hepatica triloba_ (liverleaf, liverwort, or blue anemone).

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 42, April, 1861

  • The first trip to the woods, after the snow has gone, is generally in quest of these berries; a week or two later, they go upon the hills for our earliest flowers – ground-laurel and squirrel-cups; a little later, they gather violets, and then again, the azalea, or "wild honeysuckle," as they call it, to which they are very partial.

    Rural Hours

  • Found pipsissiwa and a ground-laurel, with their flowers in bud; the first plant blooms regularly about Christmas in some parts of the country, but I have never heard of its flowering here in winter.

    Rural Hours

  • The pipsissiwa and ground-laurel are in bud; the last has its buds full-sized, and the calyx opening to show the tips of the flowers, but these are only faintly touched with pink on the edge; unfolding them, we found the petals still green within.

    Rural Hours

  • The ground-laurel is in flower-bud, and the buds are quite full.

    Rural Hours

  • Round the boles of the pine-wood the ground-laurel creeps,

    The Complete Works of Whittier

  • "Everybody makes such a fuss about ground-laurel!" said I. "I don't see why, I'm sure.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860

  • Hide in their bells, a soft aerial blue, "-- ground-laurel being a local name for trailing arbutus, called also mayflower, and squirrel-cups for hepatica, or liver-leaf.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton


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